The entry-level version, called the Wind, costs $40,745. It sits between the previous-generation Niro EV S ($40,385) and the mid-range Niro EV EX ($41,285).
The lack of a price hike as many automakers hike EV MSRPs will help keep the Niro EV competitive with domestically built EVs now eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit. The Niro EV is imported from South Korea.
The latest Niro EV package is much more complete compared to the previous generation. It has a range of 14 miles, for a total of 253 miles, and rides on a new, larger-sized platform, including a 107.1-inch wheelbase that brings the overall length to 174 inches. The cargo capacity behind the rear seats is now 22.8 cubic feet.
Kia’s full range of advanced driver safety technology is now standard on all Niro variants. The package includes Lane Departure Warning and Follow Assist, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Collision Avoidance, Driver Attention Warning and Rear Occupant Warning.
Only the EV variant offers the optional Highway Driving Assist II, a combination of lane keeping and smart cruise control with ramps and lane change assist.
Niro EV buyers are eligible for 500 kilowatt hours of free fast charging on the Electrify America network. That can go up to 1,950 miles. The 2023 Niro EV can recover up to 80 percent of its charge in less than 45 minutes on a Level 3 charger.
Both the PHEV and the hybrid underwent a significant price increase. A Niro PHEV now costs $35,035, including $1,295 shipping. That’s $4,150 more than the outgoing model. However, the basic LXS is no longer offered, giving the new entry point of the Niro PHEV more functions.
The Niro Hybrid starts at $27,785, including shipping, which adds up to $1,800.